I think today was a pretty good day despite the fact we decided to attend the new 8:00 service this morning. We’ve been going to the 11:30 service from the beginning, but now that we’ve outgrown our parking lot and building and need to spread out the attendance, the church has added a fourth service – 8:00. A couple weeks ago they asked for volunteers and Todd made me write on the attendance card that we would go to the 8:00 service until the new building is finished in April. APRIL! 8:00! A!M!
In case you’re new to the party, I do not do mornings very well. So I consider this a sacrifice for Jesus because that’s how I roll.
A nice little surprise was seeing my friend, Beans, at the same service. She came and sat with us so that was good.
Today’s message was the first in a series called Everything I Learned About Life I Learned From The Beatles. That went a long way in assuaging my gripey, too-early, caffeine-deprived self because I love me some Beatles. Today’s song was Help!, one of my favorites. Brian Jones, the pastor, transitioned nicely from the rock song to Psalm 121.
Another score! This is one of my favorite passages of scripture. I was challenged to memorize it several years ago in a women’s bible study, only to cling to it and make it my anthem, if you will, when I was diagnosed. Funny thing is I just commented this very thing on our women’s blog about prayers and such yesterday.
One more bonus about going to the 8:00 service is that we were home about the time we usually start getting ready for church. Sunday mornings have been slow and lazy, but I actually like having a longer day. Especially when it’s rainy like today. Even if it does mean I have to get up earlier than I think is appropriate on God’s day of rest.
I’ve also had some moments today I don’t necessarily enjoy. I’m working on two separate writing projects, both dealing with cancer, and it makes me go places I’d rather forget about. But I know I have to – not just for the writing, but because ignoring the still raw spots don’t make them go away. And I keep thinking I’m past the hurt, but obviously I’m not. Oh, it’s very true that time heals old wounds, but the scars never completely fade.
But this stirring of emotions wasn’t enough to ruin my day. Strangely, I think it added to the goodness. Because even though these memories remind me of sad and sometimes terrible things, they also remind me that my help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. The whole time I was in the bad and scary place he watched over me, never sleeping even a second. And it just doesn’t get any gooder than that.